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Thanks Dave ... yes... very strange. All mic sttings checked, trouble shooter run, drivers updated etc...
I'm using AudioDirector 12.4 on Windows 11 with a Yeti Blue microphone... the program records occassionally in stereo, but mainly in mono... I have no control over this... the menu settings around Mono ro Stereo seem to make no difference. Other voice recorders on my computer work in stereo with no hitches... Any help please?
I've now moved to software specifically designed for whiteboarding... I then use PowerDIrector to integrate that clip into the rest of the video ...
Solution found ... For non-proffesional video makers I found this simple work-around for recording and editing brush strokes.

PowerPoint!

  1. When planning your image think carefully about the brush stroke order and how you will group the brush strokes.

  2. Use the Draw menu to create your image.

  3. Group brush strokes into the elements you want to work with.

  4. Switch to the Animation menu.

  5. Highlight the group you want to work with

  6. Now the magic happens ... click on 'Add Animation' ... 'Replay' ... PowerPoint automatically creates an animation of your brush strokes. Play with different Group and Animation settings for differnt Animation order.

  7. Get your timings correct in the Animation Pane

  8. Save in the format you want ... mp4 for PD ... svg for vector based graphics programs.



The difference to working in PowerPoint vs. PD for animating hand drawings onto the screen is

  • On PP each brush stroke can be individually animated and timed. Timing of each stroke can be changed after the drawing is complete. On PD (I think) the entire drawing is one animation from begining to end so cannot be edited in as much detail.

  • On PP you can save the drawing in different formats and so use it in differnt prgrams... so when I write an article I an incorperate the graphics that apear in the video and have full editing.

  • I prefer the PP drawing pallet ... but thats personal taste.



Hope that helps!

Tom
Many thanks Carl ... Good tips ... I'll feedback into this post as I learn more and keep everyone updated. Tom
Sorry! I spent years as an artist specilised in ink and pencil on paper...
I'm trying to create RSA animation style graphics Example video... that is a whiteboard / cartoon style video. I'm not happy using sw like Doodly where you use predrawn graphics. I want to draw it all myself. Ideally what I want is to

  • Draw the image on my touch screen computer with a stylus

  • While drawing record my pen movements as a video ... A complex image may have 100s of mini videos. Its important to easily switch the recording on and off to capture the bits of the drawing I want, not all the erasing and editing.

  • The ability to use layers so I can isolte different parts of the image and use them later. That could be replaced by a decent capture / lasoo function.

  • I love drawing so I want a full range of sexy drawing tools ... way more than in the DP plugin PaintDesigner

  • I dont want to learn a huge new piece of sw like Adobe.

  • I dont want to be sending data between mutlitple programs


And I want to stay with PD because all the rest of the video is edited here.
Any suggestions for simple sw / plugins or workflow that may help?
Thanks
Tom
Hi

"Hi, Tony and Bouyscout!

Your discussion about dialogue bubbles started giving me some ideas on how to use these and have them follow the opbect on a timeline via the use of "Motion Tracker" but, Tony's experiences, "I made a new template containign a speech bubble and text - saved it - all good - went to modify it and BAM! Exactly as you've described. The graphic does not appear on its own track and is unselectable." Granted, Tony was working on a Windows 10 platform and I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium, but nonetheless, I'll hold off until an answer can be found to the problem is sorted.

A thought occurred to me as I write this, there could be a workaround but it involves using Microsoft Publisher which has a selection of shapes labelled "callouts", these shapes include several styles of thought or dialogue bubbles which can have text typed in, adjust the thickness of the bubble's border, add a colour, then copy and paste to Paint, or Paint.Net(if possible), save as a PNG transparency which can then be superimposed on stills or video clips and size/position adjusted in "modify". If you can't paste directly to Paint.Net, then paste to Paint, saving in bitmap or png, then import that to Paint.Net and create your png transparency that way. It's a drawn-out(pardon the pun) process but it might work!

Cheers!

Neil."

I've been using powerpoint to create speech bubbles. If you right click on the speach bubble in PP then you get the option to 'save as an image' ... that way you save the step of working in MS Paint. The nice thing about PowerPoint is that you can choose where the speech spike on bubble starts from ... so you can change its lenght. Unfortunatly as soon as you save it as a picture it looses that capability which makes positioning into PowerDirector a bit hit and miss.

Tom
Many thanks Barry ... you have saved me hours of experimentation!

Quote The fewer renders, the better you'll be.
If the project is too long, you can manage it better by dividing the project by time length, not by each editing phase.
The only other thing you can do is convert to a lossless codec but you can't do that in PD, yet, I am hopeful. There are lossless codecs that are not due royalties (free use).
Thanks Barry

So my conclusion is that I follow the work flow I described and Render the project at the end of each step and each time enable 'fast rendering technology' and 'SVRT'...


  1. Cut and tranistions - render ... Quality loss only on transitions.

  2. Add graphics and text - render ... Quality loss only where there is graphics and text overlaid on video

  3. Adjust colours and add effects (i.e. NewBlue skin touch up & Tint)- render... quality loss across entire video. Its the finished version.



Tom


Quote Every non-SVRT render is a loss of quality. Lossy 4:1:1 (NTSC) codec on top of a lossy codec.
Quick question from a novice to the pros...

When I render a project is there a loss of quality from the original material? Any advice on workflow?

The reason I ask is ... Currently I create the entire video in one project, applying all effects, graphics and sound adjustment, then produce the video choosing the best match to the original material ... i.e. MP4 2K 2048 X 1080 25p. I shoot on a GoPro Hero 6. So I render once only. This creates the problem of having to apply all colour correction and effects to all clips which is slow, and the project gets pretty jumpy and slow when working on it as I use many channels for additional graphics which overloads my computer.

I guess it would be easier to split the workflow into small pieces by
1st get all clips and transitions correct, render the movie
2nd add colour correction and effects, render the movie
3rd add graphics and co, render the movie.
4th Kick back and enjoy.

Any advice on work flow?
Do I lose quality if I render the same material several times?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tom
Thanks ... I'll experiment.

I have 1000 photos, and in the end will make a super fast 4 second clip. So I create the animation, produce it, then speed up the clip to reach 4 seconds play time. I have so many photos because the scene is complex, so a lot happens, and its easier to leave the camera running on automatic, so I don't need to think about it, then process and edit afterwards.

Does that sound intelligent?

Tom



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Quote Any other suggestions about smoothing the transitions between frames? I'd be happy to hear from other forum memebers.


If you do the slideshow manually like choose the time for the images and the time for the overlap transition in preferences, then you can have full control on what you want to do.

Fast 1 second transitions is what I use but you may need 3 or 4 seconds transition to make it look smooth to your eyes. Experiment with the times to find what not jerky and is best for your eyes.
Stevek

Thanks for that ... yes I've been through the tutorials and this leads to the solution I've used till now. Maybe what I need is the kind of solutions Dream Works use ... which I guess won't run on my little computer!

After experimenting I've found that the recomended Slide show - time lapse soltion gives the best and easist results.

Any other suggestions about smoothing the transitions between frames? I'd be happy to hear from other forum memebers.

Thanks

Tom





Quote I don;t but perhaps one of the Tutorial will help. Look at this one. There are more
I added a fade transition between each photo... but its worse than the time lapse setting in the slide show. Any other suggestions about how to smooth the transition between photos?

Tom





Quote Stevek ... many thanks for the bulk processing suggestion ... it is blindingly obviouse now that I can see it! smile



Quote Re: Bulk processing of transitions. Add the cross fade transition of your choice to YOUR Favorites in the transition room. Look just above the timeline and you will see 3 choices for adding the transition in bulk.

I'll capture an image for you if it is not readily apparent let me know


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Stevek ... many thanks for the bulk processing suggestion ... it is blindingly obviouse now that I can see it! smile



Quote Re: Bulk processing of transitions. Add the cross fade transition of your choice to YOUR Favorites in the transition room. Look just above the timeline and you will see 3 choices for adding the transition in bulk.

I'll capture an image for you if it is not readily apparent let me know
Hi Forum members

I'm trying to make a stop motion movie using PD 15. The end result is jerky. I would like the end result to be as smooth and close to normal video as possible.

I've tried so far

1) Using the slide show and 'time lapse' feature

2) Running varios fx effects (delay) over the finished result ... both befor and after producing.

In the past I've used other video editing software and simply put a cross fade between each image... but in PD I don't think I can bulk process and don't look forward to manually adding a cross fade to 1000 photos

Looking forward to recieving your suggestions and wisdom!

Tom
Hi Carl

Thanks for your answer ...When I first encountered the problem I assumed that this was the problem... but I lived in hope ... next time I'll work with moving the camera.

Thanks

Tom



Quote It is simple math. 1920 / 5 =384. 1080 / 5 = 216. So you final video is 384 x 216, pretty poor.

You just can not crop the video that much and expect a good quality.

If you only wanted a small area of the view, you should have either zoomed on the area of interest or walked up closer. Shooting a wide view then expecting to do the zoom in post is a really bad idea.

It would be a bit different if your original video was 4K.
Hi Forum

I've got an HD video, that I have rotated, speeded up (x100) and zoomed to an area about 1/5 of the original screen size. After I produce the video the quality is pretty poor. The final video is all horizontally 'lined'.... so broken up as if its heavily pixeled. I'm pretty sure the quality problem is connected to the zoom funtion. The other changes I've made don't seem to negatively effect the quality. I've worked through options to increase quality in 'settings', and in 'produce'.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated ... I really don't want to refilm that part of the action.

Thanks

Tom
Oh ... shows how upto date I am!

Still ... a way of showing in-video navigation. So not where the viewer has to jump out of the video to a menu, as in a DVD menu, but a way of showing chapters on the video play bar which appears at the bottom of the video showing elapsed time.

A a way of linking out of the video into other videos or sites.



Tom



Quote
Quote Hi PowerDirector team ... Youtube annotation ...


YouTube no longer support annotations.
Hi PowerDirector team ... Youtube annotation ...

I want a way to make my Vlog videos super easy to navigate ... so as the video plays the viewer can see toggles (or something) on the video play bar indicating that there is a chapter heading at that point. If they mouse over the chapter name can pop up. It would be great if this worked directly from the 'Chapter room'.

Currently it can be done from youtube, but its not an elegant or flexible solution.

This would be useful for longer videos where users are encouraged to jump around the video and not view it from A to Z ... and for using other youtube 'annotation' features.



Thanks

Tom





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This new thread has been started to try and keep things more organized. CyberLink's product development team will review the suggestions periodically. Suggestions could get implemented in either patch updates, or in the next full version of PowerDirector, depending on product development team availability and the scope of the change.

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We want to stress that there is no guarantee that your suggestions will get implemented, but we can guarantee that product development team will review them. So please enter them below!

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